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When did Nikki Bella and John Cena date?

NIKKI and Brie Bella were honored Tuesday night when the WWE inducted them into the 2020 Hall of Fame class and the two former champions gave an endearing speech.

Fans were shocked when the longest reigning Divas champion name- dropped her ex-fiance and fellow WWE star John Cena in the speech.

John Cena and Nikki Bella dated for six years 2012-2018
John Cena and Nikki Bella dated for six years 2012-2018Credit: Getty – Contributor

When did Nikki Bella and John Cena date?

Nikki Bella and John Cena dated for six years, were engaged for one, before they called it quits in May 2018.

The two wrestlers met while both were wrestling full time in WWE, and were friends for a long time before going on their first date in 2012.

In an interview with TribLive Radio, Nikki shares that it was Cena who made the first move towards a romantic relationship when he asked out for dinner.

John Cena and Nikki Bella often attended red carpet events together
John Cena and Nikki Bella often attended red carpet events togetherCredit: 2017 Invision

Their relationship was made public and was a central storyline in Bella’s two reality shows: Total Divas and Total Bellas.

In a 2013 episode, Cena brought Nikki to meet his parents, and later that year the two moved in together.

A famous storyline on Total Divas sees the 16-time world champion present Nikki with a 75-page cohabitation contract to sign before moving into his mansion.

Another famous storyline for the couple was Cena’s initial resistance to get married and start a family.

Cena was outspoken about his desire to never get married or have a family
Cena was outspoken about his desire to never get married or have a familyCredit: Getty Images – Getty
John Cena has successfully parlayed his WWE fame into a career in entertainment
John Cena has successfully parlayed his WWE fame into a career in entertainmentCredit: Getty

The wrestler-turned-movie star changed his mind about marriage and proposed to Nikki in 2017 after they won a mixed tag match at Wrestlemania 33 in front of 75,000 people.

Things began to get rocky for the power couple when Nikki revealed she didn’t spend much time with Cena after the engagement.

In May 2018 the former world champions released a joint statement to US Weekly saying: “While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for each other.

“We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives.”

John Cena made Nikki Bella sign a 75-page cohabitation agreement before moving in together
John Cena made Nikki Bella sign a 75-page cohabitation agreement before moving in togetherCredit: Getty – Contributor
Nikki Bella accompanied John Cena to many red carpet events
Nikki Bella accompanied John Cena to many red carpet eventsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The Bella Twins were inducted into the 2020 WWE Hall of Fame class
The Bella Twins were inducted into the 2020 WWE Hall of Fame classCredit: Refer to Caption

There was hope the former couple would get back together, as they talked about each other in interviews.

A month after announcing their split, Cena shared on The Today Show that he was “would still love to marry Nikki Bella” and hoped to “work it out” with Nikki.

Days later Nikki also appeared on The Today Show and said that she has “hope” that her and Cena can get back together.

After a brief reconciliation the two broke up for good and are now in other relationships.

Nikki Bella and John Cena went naked to celebrate 500,000 subscribers to The Bella Twins YouTube channel
Nikki Bella and John Cena went naked to celebrate 500,000 subscribers to The Bella Twins YouTube channelCredit: YouTube
The former wrestling power couple helped each other during their careers
The former wrestling power couple helped each other during their careers
Cena proposed to Nikki Bella in front of 75,000 people at Wrestlemania 33 in 2017
Cena proposed to Nikki Bella in front of 75,000 people at Wrestlemania 33 in 2017

Who is Nikki Bella’s fiance Artem?

Nikki appeared on the 25th season of Dancing with the Stars, and the professional dancer she was paired with ended up becoming her fiance.

Artem Chigvintsev, 38, is a Russian-American professional dancer.

He’s performed on Broadway, So You Think You Can Dance, and was a pro on Dancing with Stars on and off since 2014.

Artem proposed to Nikki on her birthday in November 2020
Artem proposed to Nikki on her birthday in November 2020Credit: Refer to Caption
Nikki and Artem had their first child Matteo in 2020
Nikki and Artem had their first child Matteo in 2020Credit: Refer to Caption
The engaged couple attend red carpet events together
The engaged couple attend red carpet events togetherCredit: Getty
Artem and Nikki Bella met during Dancing with the Stars 25th season in 2017
Artem and Nikki Bella met during Dancing with the Stars 25th season in 2017Credit: Getty – Contributor

Chigvintsev and Nikki began dating seven months after her split from Cena.

In March 2019 the two made their relationship Instagram official after revealing it on Total Bellas season finale.

The dancer proposed to Nikki on her birthday in November 2019 and they welcomed their first child, a son named Matteo.

Nikki's twin sister Brie gave birth to her and Daniel Bryan's son Buddy 22 hours after Nikki had Matteo
Nikki’s twin sister Brie gave birth to her and Daniel Bryan’s son Buddy 22 hours after Nikki had MatteoCredit: Instagram

Nikki gave birth to her son 22 hours before her twin sister Brie Bella had her second child with WWE wrestler Daniel Bryan.

Who is John Cena’s wife Shay Shariatzadeh?

The Doctor of Thuganomics did not stay single long, and began dating Shay Shariatzadeh in 2019.

John Cena and Shay Shariatzadeh secretly got married in 2020
John Cena and Shay Shariatzadeh secretly got married in 2020